Street: Let the Rain Hold Out

I caught up with the T. Milton Street Sr. campaign this afternoon, hours after Street, who is challenging Michael Nutter for mayor, voted in the Mayfair section of the city.

Clearly the underdog, Street campaigned throughout the neighborhoods on a platform which advocated for ex-offenders and the poor. Street was still campaigning in North Philly late Tuesday afternoon while his son/campaign manager, T. Milton, Jr., pounded the pavement in Germantown.

You would think that low voter turnout -- which analysts put at under 10 percent across four council districts as of Tuesday morning -- would put Street at a disadvantage. But  Milton Jr. wasn't so sure.

"We know a lot of our people won't turn out until they get off work," Milton Jr. said, referring to District Council 33 members and Local 22 of the Philadelphia Firefighters, who have both endorsed Milton Sr. "Hopefully the rain will hold out."

Meanwhile, the Pentecostal Clergy Political Awareness Committee, a consortium made up about 70 area Pentecostal ministers, which also supports Street, is helping campaign, Milton Jr. told me.

"I think a lot people will wake up tomorrow surprised," he said.

As for predicting how big a percentage of the vote would consistitute a moral victory for his dad, Milton Jr. replied, "We're not talking about a moral victory. We're talking about winning outright."